Spring Exhibitions Opening 2017

Gather at the Queens Museum to celebrate the opening of the upcoming spring exhibitions.

Enjoy a special performance by Marinella Senatore, Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II (which kicks off at 4pm) including the song debut of a new Queens Anthem, and the participation of a range of performers from spoken word poets to a symphony orchestra; meet the artists behind the exhibitions including the Queens Museum artists-in-residence during open studios; and arrive in style: there will be a shuttle between the Museum and Mets-Willets Point stop on the 7 train. 

• Marinella Senatore: Piazza Universale / Social Stages

With a practice that includes video, installation, performance, photography, and drawing, Marinella Senatore fosters the creative power of crowds to produce works that initiate a dialogue between history, culture, and social structures. Curated by Matteo Lucchetti, this exhibition introduces the multifaceted practice of Senatore by looking at a range of important recent projects created in Spain, France, Italy and the US between 2009 and today.

The public performance Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration: Part II, kicks off at 4pm inside the Museum and flows outside in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This performance involves over 320 participants from many different creative worlds. From spoken word artists to an Afro-Colombian bullerengue group to a LGBTQ symphonic band to a chorus made up of union members to representatives from important activist groups, Protest Forms is dedicated to the past and present civic struggles of New York City communities. Queens Anthem, an original music score composed by Emiliano Branda, is based on an open call to Queens residents to submit sonic memories of their borough and the protest songs related to their communities. It will premiere as part of the larger performance.

Marinella Senatore: Piazza Universale / Social Stages is made possible by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Global Strategy Group, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, with vital individual support from Richard Birns, Annette Blum, Tom & Libbie Botts, Conrad Branson, Mark & Katie Coleman, Holcombe & Monica Green, Leo & Patti Hindery, Anya Hoerburger, Peter & Kirsten Kern, Doug & Sarah Luke, Katy Rice, and Bill Wachtel. Significant in-kind support for this exhibition is provided by Danilo Correale and Shadi Harouni, Fratelli Parisi, Galleria Laveronica, Candice and Carl Koerner, Sheraton LaGuardia East, and Silvercup Studios. We are also grateful to Collezione Fabio Frasca and Private Collection Margherita Ligure for lending exhibition objects. Special thanks to our collaborators and co-producers at Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma.

• Nine: 2017 Studio Program Exhibition

Marking the fourth year of its Studio Program, the Queens Museum presents an exhibition featuring the works of nine artists who have occupied studios at the Queens Museum from 2015 to 2017. Participating artists include ruby onyinyechi amanze, Andrew Beccone, Chris Bogia, Gloria Maximo, Ander Mikalson, Karolina Sobecka, Alina Tenser, Tuo Wang, and Bryan Zanisnik.

In Studio 5, artist Mary Ellen Bartley will exhibit Library Copies, large scale photographs generated with the books and photocopy machine of Andrew Beccone’s Reanimation Library.

Nine: 2017 Studio Program Exhibition is made possible by The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Social Practice Queens programming is supported by Surdna Foundation and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Special thanks to our collaborators at Queens College.

• Anna K.E.: Profound Approach and Easy Outcome

The fourth iteration in a series of site-specific commissions by women artists on the Queens Museum’s Large Wall, K.E.’s Profound Approach and Easy Outcome playfully renders a complex reflection on artistic production, feminism, power, and the role of institutions.

Commissions for the Large Wall Series at the Queens Museum are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ferriday Fund Charitable Trust, and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Support for Profound Approach and Easy Outcome is provided by Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald Davis, Dr. Ulrich Koestlin, Ignacio J. Lopez and Laura Guerra, and Jennifer Vorbach. Special thanks to Simone Subal Gallery, New York.

Ronny Quevedo: no hay medio tiempo / there is no halftime

Featuring large-scale and cross-disciplinary works that incorporate wide-ranging graphic references from sports field diagrams to Andean heraldic codes, Ronny Quevedo’s site-specific project visualize the ethos of global migration and displacement of peoples and cultures.

Ronny Quevedo: no hay medio tiempo / there is no halftime is made possible by the Jerome Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

• Commonwealth: Water For All

Two recently acquired portfolios of prints developed by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, We Are the Storm (2015) and Wellspring (2016), are presented with a selection of materials developed for the movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota on loan from Interference Archive. Commonwealth: Water For All is the third in a series of exhibitions that features contemporary expressions about water, its utility, and its preservation and consumption in dialogue with the Museum’s long-term display of the Relief Map of New York City’s Water System, a sprawling WPA project commissioned for the 1939-40 World’s Fair.

Exhibitions at the Queens Museum receive significant support from Ford Foundation and the Charina Endowment Fund. Major funding for the Queens Museum is generously provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Lambent Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Kupferberg Foundation, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.